Rio's New Year's Celebration is akin to its Carnaval celebration: it's a big deal. Tonight, millions of people will flood the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to ring in the New Year, with an electronic music concert in Ipanema and various performers in Copacabana. Last year, Eli and I went to Ipanema, where the Black Eyed Peas had a show, but this year we are heading out to Copacabana, as is everyone else I know.
So, according to Globo, thousands of police officers will be on duty, transportation will be functioning to support the zillions of people heading into the city, and there will be 25 minutes of fireworks, which we will be able to see from Copa.
White is the color of the New Years celebration in Rio, because of the Festa da Iemanja, when everyone wears white. It's funny how a Candomble ritual has become so influential in a Brazilian New Year's tradition! Also, apparently, some carioca women pick out their underwear (g-strings, in particular) and bras in special colors for the evening to bring different types of luck: red for passion, yellow for money, white for peace, and pink for love. Don't believe me? Click here.
It's still insanely hot, with no signs of clouds on the horizon.
Happy New Year, everyone!